Muse Road To Wembley – Part 3: Things start to take off

Matt Bellamy and co speak on NME.COM all week

All week before Muse play their Wembley Stadium gigs, we’re going to be tracing their career from the beginning to their crowning glory.

Chris: �I think the first two gigs or so we did in France, a gig we did in St Merlot which was a festival, we had no idea what to expect. In Devon we were doing bigger gigs, but we got put on this festival in France, we�d never been there before, and we ended up playing to 10,000 people. The impact of that was massive. We came back with a new confidence.�

Dom: �The touring thing became a lot more fun and we just wanted to delve into that kind of excess and have as many parties as possible. It was great, it was really funny. There were a few moments when we went close to the edge. We were doing mushrooms a lot around those days, particularly around Europe. You lose touch with reality, even the next day still – you�re still a bit out of it. We definitely lost the plot a little bit. There was definitely a few moments of filling up the bus with girls and having a laugh,�

Matt: �Towards the end of touring for ‘Origin of Symmetry’, our biggest gig at the time was in Paris – we felt that we were playing our best gigs at that time, we agreed that we should really capture it. The first album was a bit of a grind, a lot of self doubt, but we approached the second album with a positive carelessness both in terms of the albums and the touring. We felt that we had to remember that, we brought one of our mates who�d lost his job so he became the party organiser and documented quite a lot of it on video camera, so we spliced it all together. At the time I felt that that wasn�t going to happen again, coming out of yourself and reaching that moment of freedom that you really want. I think a lot of people get in bands without wanting to be famous or successful – a lot of it is about wanting to be free of the constraints of society. That was what I experienced at that time.�

Dom: �Then it was onto �Absolution�, which is a lot more concise and not so beserk as Origin of Symmetry. That was us and John Leckie talking about little men that live in the centre of the Earth. But working with Rich (Costey), being bit more accustomed to American rock music, it had a very different sound. The crazy stuff is condensed it into what are the best elements about the band, because we still didn�t feel like we�d made a record as heavy as the gigs, and that recorded just about captured it.�

Matt: �We rented out Winston Churchill�s old house in Brighton. He had this old hunting house where he used to stay, we rented that out for six months and that was where we recorded the album. We were tempted to live together, we half live together but it didn�t really work, we were dotting off to see girlfriends. We recorded it in Ireland and LA – that was our last attempt at getting a place where we were going to record and live together.�

Tomorrow, we look back at the band’s breakthrough gig headlining at Glastonbury 2004 – and then the steps towards magestardom.

Meanwhile the full, extended interview is available in this week’s NME which hits UK newsstands from June 13.

Not only that, but the magazine comes free with a special CD hand-picked by the band themselves and featuring brand new Muse track – �Man Of Mystery�.

Meanwhile we will also be covering the Wembley Stadium shows themselves with news, blogs and pictures live from both gigs this weekend.

You can win tickets to see the shows here on NME.COM.

In the meantime you can look back at Muse�s career in pictures here on NME.COM.

So make sure you stay with NME and NME.COM for the ultimate coverage of Muse‘s Wembley shows and check back on June 18th to hear an exclusive version of Muse’s new single, Map of the Problematique, recorded live at Wembley over the weekend.